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March 1, 2018

By: Jonathan


French Designed, This Is 1 of 36 Vegas With Original Dual Quad 354 Hemi [Updated]

You don’t usually associate cars with France the way you do the U.S. or Germany, nor would you ever associate a French car with a dual quad 354 Hemi engine, but that’s exactly what this 1958 Facel Vega FV4 Typhoon out of France is packing.

The Faces Vega was short lived being produced from 1954-1962 having originally debuted at the Paris Salon in that first production year. Immediately the Vega stood out as a result of its unique, and luxurious, interior having taken styling cues from aircraft of the time. Adding to the uniqueness of the car, especially this ’58, was the Chrysler engine. Seeming to increase year over year, this ’58 featured a dual quad 354 Hemi, the same engine used in the famous Chrysler letter car the 300B. Only 36 of the dual quad 354 variants were produced and this one has experienced a body off restoration, new air conditioning, upgraded brakes and new power windows. A rare car in its time, its become even rarer today and a once in a lifetime buy at Mecum Los Angeles next month.

UPDATE: Crossing the block this rare Vega was the third highest grosser in L.A. hammering in at $214,500 for one very lucky buyer.

[Photography courtesy of Mecum Auctions.]

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